This review is based on the first 7 chapters of the manga.
Hataraki Man is about the life of Matsukata Hiroko, a hardworking editor at “The Age” magazine, following the difficulties she encounters, as well as her successes.
Having read this straight after reading a somewhat generic shoujo/josei romance story, the first thing that caught my eyes were the character designs. For once, all the characters actually had different faces, instead of just having a variety of eyes and hairstyles, and were all individually recognizable. Even though the quality of the drawings wasn’t something extraordinary, it scored big points on character design because of this.
On to the story itself. Each chapter of this manga follows a different story, and there is little character development between these stories and little to no big storyline going through all the chapters. The only thing that ties them together is the team of “The Age”, following Matsukata around. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially since most characters are very likeable in one way or another, but it did get a little repetitive by the end of this volume.
Overall, Hataraki Man was an enjoyable read for me, showing the results and hardships of fully focusing on your carrier, without being dramatic about it.